A very well deserved award and something else to put a strut into every Geordie’s step this summer when wearing the shirt with pride on your hollys in Europe’s top hot spots! This is the first time a United manager has ever won this award. But lets face it, in a season where most fans thought we would be mid-table at best, we are sitting in a guaranteed fifth place in the Premier League, and have also qualified for the Europa League.
And the season isn’t over yet of course! If results go our way on Sunday, we could still finish by qualifying for the Champion’s League.
But whatever happens on Sunday, this has been a highly successful season for United. We’ve made quite a few people in football sit up and take note. We’ve had some amazing results, well deserved too, and we’ve won over a lot of neutrals, and seen our team talked about in glowing terms by prominent TV pundits like Jamie Redknapp, who to his credit, has been a big fan of our performances from an early stage in the season.
I suppose the highest accolade for the team this season has been various parts of the media comparing the current team to the great Kevin Keegan “Entertainers”. A significant compliment indeed.
A particular contributing factor to this season’s success has been the contribution of key signings like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse. And whilst Pards can take his share of the credit for this, we must also pay tribute to Graham Carr and his scouting team – who found these players, and John Carver and the coaching team, who have brought them on and settled them in very quickly.
This award puts United firmly on the map – and everyone involved in this season, from the owner down to the fans can share in Pards’ success. I’m sure Alan wouldn’t want it any other way!
Well done everybody!